Friday, 11 February 2011

Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine 2003

The other night I had my last bottle of 2003 Vieilles Vignes Saint-Joseph from Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine.  I bought it in bond from the Wine Society a couple of years ago for around £13 after duty and VAT.

As with all the other bottles I had in the case, I approached it with some trepidation.  Why you may well ask?  How scary can a bottle of wine be?  Well, it's got a beautiful core of fruit with decent structure, balance, concentration and length - all good.  However, the hallmark Syrah minty-lift is so powerful on this wine that I blink and almost cough each time I sniff it.  No exaggeration.

It is a lovely wine, but to be honest I'm not sure I'll buy it again as the mint/menthol character is just too strong in this example for me.  Oh well!  Still, it means I can now carry on with my case of 2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes-Hermitage instead (also a 100% Syrah from the Northern Rhône), which is delicious and drinking perfectly.

1 comment:

  1. Nothing worse than the old Syrah mintiness, I hate it. Often think it is a bit like blackcurrant vicks cough sweets. I'm surprised it was so prevalent in bottle-aged Syrah.
    I had a 2005 from this producer about three years ago and I thought it was absolutely fabulous. Lots of that really flat granite minerality.